Congratulations to Gary Sherman on completing his assessment - welcome to the ever increasing band of Watchkeepers.
Incident - Yacht Engine Failure
Wednesday 14 June Watchkeepers Hugh Sutherland and Martin Shelley contacted by yacht 'Lily', sailing westwards to Straight Point, who advised they could not start their outboard. Solent CG informed. 'Lily' then advised that the range safety boat had taken her under tow. Solent CG updated. 'Lily' advised Exmouth NCI they were entering channel and when they were safely back on mooring. Solent CG informed of outcome.
It is now over a year since the transition to a new national Coastguard network was completed, with the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) and ten other operations centres in action around the UK. There has, however, been some confusion among the sailing community as to how to contact the Coastguard. The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) advises that sailors should use Coastguard callsigns based on their geographical area, such as ‘Falmouth Coastguard’.